Lomachenko stops Linares in 10th, wins lightweight title

ABS-CBN Sports on May 13, 2018 11:03 AM
 Lomachenko stops Linares in 10th, wins lightweight title
Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after his victory against Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing bout Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

By BRIAN MAHONEY,  AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Vasyl Lomachenko stopped Jorge Linares in the 10th round of their lightweight championship fight Saturday night, winning a title in his third weight class in just his 12th pro bout.

Lomachenko landed a hard left to the body during a flurry of precision punches that sent Linares went to a knee. Linares finally got up just as the count was reaching 10 but referee Ricky Gonzalez called an end to the fight at 2:08 of the round.

Linares knocked down Lomachenko in the sixth and it appeared to be a close fight before Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) put an overpowering end to his first fight at 135 pounds, adding that title to his belts at 126 and 130 pounds.

Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) hadn't lost since 2012 and used his size advantage to do some damage, but in the end Lomachenko did more.

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